Jul 14, 2007

BREAKING NEWS: L.A. to pay $600 million to settle abuse cases (and to shield Cardinal?)

The Associated Press has just reported (click on this post's title) that the Archdiocese of Los Angeles on Monday will settle its around 500 clergy sex abuse cases for around $600 million, which breaks down to about $1.2 to $1.3 million per claimant.

The story says not everything is worked out and negotiations are still going on this weekend.

The deal supposedly will include release of confidential personnel files on the clergy after review by a judge.

Not known yet is who will pay what -- the Archdiocese, religious orders and insurers.

The first trial was supposed to begin on Monday. No doubt the deal will keep Cardinal Roger Mahony from having to testify on the witness stand in any of the cases.

Will the Cardinal try to portray this as a victory and "a positive development?"


Anonymous MVH said...

Whom, do you say, will pay? Why TIM will pay.
Actually those who contribute to TIM. Who's TIM? Actually it's more like what is it. For those who don't know it's HizEminence's fund drive that's several years old. The cardinal setup this fund to keep poor parrishes and schools in the LA archdiocese open . . . he says.

9:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's exactly why I've stopped contributing to TIM. In fact, I've stopped contributing to my parish, since it, too, has to send a portion of funds downtown. Instead, the money I previously gave is going to pro-life causes.

3:18 PM  

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